S P A R T A N U P D A T E
DAVID SOLIZ – SOCIAL SCIENCE SCHOLAR AWARD – On Tuesday, February 27, Mr. Soliz was presented with the Social Science Scholar Award. The District Instructional Support Services Department, alongside with the Rio Mesa Social Science Department, recognized Mr. Soliz for his continual hard work and dedication to the students and community of Rio Mesa High School. Special thanks to Dr. Rocky Valles, Principal Mark Contreras, Assistant Principal Alexis Ortiz, Department Chair Jeff Holloway, Learning Design Coach Josh Chancer, and many other Rio Mesa staff members and students for helping to recognize and celebrate Mr. Soliz!! Congratulations!!
EARLY ACADEMIC OUTREACH PROGRAM – EAOP College Site Coordinator Karen Correa recognized eighty-eight EAOP Juniors who are A-G on-track. Students received certificate in class congratulating them for their accomplishments.
On Saturday, February 24, Ms. Correa coordinated with the EAOP Academic Service Coordinator, Luis Melgoza, to facilitate a SAT Academy to prepare students for the March 7th SAT. Sixty-one students participated in the Academy. Students logged into Khan Academy to work on practice problems and test, received their PSAT scores, and reviewed all sections of the SAT. Furthermore, Ms. Correa has assisted students with their financial aid application throughout the week–deadline for financial aid is March 2. Karen Correa, UCSB Outreach Coordinator
CONGRATULATIONS! – RMHS JUNIORS STATES OF AMERICA members recently represented Rio Mesa High School at the JSA Winter Congress: Elizabeth & Alexandria Benke, Jeremiah Hoppe, Arturo Balderrama, Grace Chung (FBS), Rachel Elpern and Megan Babington.
Valeria Virgen who was selected as “Youth of the Year” by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme! She is a scholar and an athlete (competitive boxer); and a great representative of Rio Mesa High School! Go Spartans! Mark Contreras, Principal
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION – Culinary Arts students Mireya Rivera and Colby Pena attended the CCAP Final Training at Mission College. While there, they were taught and judged by industry professionals to prepare Supreme Poulet Chasseur with Tournes Potatoes and Crepes with Creme Patisserie…Mary Wayne, CTE Department Chair
MANDARIN CLUB – Thirty-Four Mandarin Club students received scholarships to visit the Bowers Museum on February 7 to view the “Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace” exhibit. The exhibition explored Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) standing in center of modern Chinese history. Cixi not only led politics, but also Chinese art at the crossroads of tradition and innovation. The exhibition reconstructs the matriarch’s everyday life in the Summer Palace, presenting her multi-faceted roles of politician, matriarch, and connoisseur of the arts.
The tour of the gallery was paired with an art project of making Chinese clay dragons, where students created their very own sculpture of a Chinese Dragon as they learned the significance and importance of the dragon in Chinese art and literature as a symbol of power, strength, and good luck, as well as how it is related to China’s “Dragon Lady”, the Empress Dowager Cixi.
Students were able to see authentic Chinese costumes, as well as some cultural artifacts of the Qing Dynasty which augmented what they have learned on the history of China during the Qing Dynasty in the Mandarin class. Irene Sy, Mandarin Club Advisor
SCIENCE – RMHS Science Fair took place on February 2. The following students placed and qualified to compete in the Ventura County Science Fair on March 23. Way to Go, Spartans!!
HLB Seniors HLB-1 Nick Frans – First Place, Jazmine Take – Second Place
HLB-2 Alyssa Hill & Jesus Alvarez – First Place, Blake Hermann & Felix Cruz – Second Place
HLA Juniors HLA/Environmental Science – Sierra Binney – First Place, Emily Mertin & Valencia Graves – Second Place
HLA-2 Samuel Simmons, Dante Head, Andrew Diaz, Preston Holliday – First Place
Joyce Sung, Nichol Rydberg, Zach Caetano, Christine Ventura – Second Place
HLA-3 Jupneet Singh, Mia Rodrigo, Alaina Hill, Jeremiah Hoppe – First Place
David Morales, Suman Dangol, Angel Medina – Second Place
Best in Show Seniors Nick Franks – First Place, Jazmine Takei – Second Place
Best in Show Juniors Jupneet Singh, Mia Rodrigo, Alaina Hill, Jeremiah Hoppe – First Place
Samuel Simons, Dante Head, Andrew Diaz, Preston Holliday – Second Place
Biology students germinated seeds last Friday and transplanted them to little pots on February 27. Classes will continue to grow their plants to study dihybrid crosses in genetics. Biology students are continuing to learn about protein synthesis and how proteins are basis of structure and function in all living things. Marine biology began unit on phylum cnidaria (the stinging celled organisms). They will be drawing an example of both medusa and polyp forms of cnidarians and observing some stinging cells in the microscope. Phys/Chem students are using ramps to collect one dimensional data to graph acceleration and deceleration. Chem Study is learning how to measure and calculate quantities of atoms and molecules.…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – Mrs. Anderson provided PSAT results to Sophomores in all World Civilization classes this week. Students logged into computers and established their College Board and Khan Academy accounts. Students were encouraged to practice reading comprehension, writing, and math skills in preparation for their next PSAT or SAT test session.
Senior students are actively working on community college applications. Ventura College Rep. Joseph Cordero, assisted students with their applications on Tuesday, February 27, during lunch. On Wednesday, Ventura College First Year Experience Program Rep. Aundrea Roberts, held provided students information outside the C&CC during lunch.
U.S. Air Force SSgt. Harry Castaneda, provided information outside the C&CC on Thursday, March 1, about opportunities available through enlistment in the Air Force…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Tech
ASB held first-ever Banda Norteña Dance Friday, March 2, in the gym, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Come join the fun! Carl Melhorn, ASB Advisor, Activities Director
LATE BUS – Departs from front in of Admin. Office at 4:35 p.m. – Monday thru Thursday
DISTRICT SUPPER PROGRAM – Monday thru Friday – Student Cafeteria – 3 to 5 p.m. – on minimum days 12:18 to 12:45 p.m. Anyone from community 18-years or younger may participate at no cost
ZAP (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted) Saturdays beginning – 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Library
Students can work on homework, computer research, make-up quizzes & tests Meet in groups to plan & complete class projects or study for tests Seniors can work on college scholarship applications & essays. Additional information, contact David Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN HOUSE – TUES., MAR. 13 – 6:00 P.M. – RMHS QUAD
SPARTAN OF THE QUARTER – Mar. 22, 7:30 a.m. – LIBRARY
Counseling – Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
Upward Bound Recruitment – Freshmen and Sophomores – for more information, see Mrs. Kenney, Counselor
ELECTIVE FAIR – Mar. 6 & 8 during lunch for students to explore new and different classes for next school year
SAT Test – Mar. 7 – Good luck Juniors – Do your best!
Incoming Freshmen Family Nights – Enrollment, Registration & Information Night – Mar. 8, 6 p.m. in gym
Acceptance completed enrollment & registration forms 5:30 p.m., Program 6 p.m.
OUHSD CSUCI Family College Conference – Saturday, Mar. 10 – Spanish and English workshops – contact Maria Luna, Migrant Guidance Tech
Attention Migrant Ed Students! See Ms. Julissa Vasquez in the Admin. office to sign up for Migrant Ed Speech and Debate Team!
First competition is March 17 and practices are Monday and Wednesday afternoons in the library
Summer School – Month of July Only
Early Academic Outreach Program, Karen Correa, UCSB EAOP Site Coordinator
Higher Education Week – Thursday, Mar. 8, second period (9:00 – 9:54 a.m.), in gym
Transfer Making It Happen: Parent & Student Session – Monday, Mar. 12, 6 p.m. (Spanish) 7 p.m. (English), in library
Transfer Making It Happen: Student Session ONLY – Wednesday, Mar. 14, during lunch in room 34. Sign up with Ms. Correa in Room 34
College & Career Center – Sally Anderson, C&CC Tech
Thirty-Third Annual OUHSD Career Expo for Junior and Senior students– Fri., Mar. 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon, OPAC
“VC Pirate Friday” field trip for seniors who have applied to VC – Fri., Apr. 6, 7:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.
NACAC College Fair – Tues., Apr. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Ventura County Fairgrounds
Rio Mesa High School’s “Le Salon des Refusés”
IB ART SHOW – Wednesday, March 21st – Camarillo Ranch House – 4:30-6:30 p.m.
COUNSELOR TWITTER: @RMHS_Counselors
SPARTAN ALUMNI: Rio Mesa Alumni Association www.spartanalums.org